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Thread: Happy Yuletide and Winter Solstice

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    You're poem reminded me of one of my most favorite songs.

    I'll post the lyrics

    Every evening sky, an invitation
    To trace the patterned stars
    And early in July, a celebration
    For freedom that is ours
    And I notice You
    In children's games
    In those who watch them from the shade
    Every drop of sun is full of fun and wonder
    You are summer

    And even when the trees have just surrendered
    To the harvest time
    Forfeiting their leaves in late September
    And sending us inside
    Still I notice You when change begins
    And I am braced for colder winds
    I will offer thanks for what has been and was to come
    You are autumn

    And everything in time and under heaven
    Finally falls asleep
    Wrapped in blankets white, all creation
    Shivers underneath
    And still I notice you
    When branches crack
    And in my breath on frosted glass
    Even now in death, You open doors for life to enter
    You are winter

    And everything thatís new has bravely surfaced
    Teaching us to breathe
    What was frozen through is newly purposed
    Turning all things green
    So it is with You
    And how You make me new
    With every season's change
    And so it will be
    As You are re-creating me
    Summer, autumn, winter, spring

    -Nicole Nordeman
    I always suspect everything could be a trap... thats why I'm still alive
    N.A.S.C. Region 9 Head Grower

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    Interesting factoid:

    Anyone know WHY the coldest days of winter are still ahead, even though we're tilting back into the sun's rays?

    I'll let you all speculate and answer tomorrow.....

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    SirKristoff is a poopiehead Ozzy's Avatar
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    I know the answer but I won't spoil the fun yet.

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    Incoming solar radiation warms the earth, but it takes the earth approx 2 months to radiate the heat it captured from the sun.

    In NY for example, Dec 21st shortest amount of light, so 2 months later should be cold, Feb21st. During Summer solstice 2 months later also, so approx Aug is highest temps.

    Also we are closer to the sun now I think, but the angle of incoming solar radiation is more important.

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    Tropical Fish Enthusiast jimscott's Avatar
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    Actually, the coldest days, statistically, are during the 3rd & 4th week of January. Then it slowly begins to rise. conversely, it will be the 3rd & 4th week of July when it is statistically the warmest.

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